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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Office of the Provost

Smith Teaching and Learning Grants

The Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement is responsible for soliciting grant proposals for innovative ideas that enhance teaching and learning at WSU. Applications are due in spring. Grants are typically awarded and announced in mid- to late April. Awards can be used as summer salary with benefits paid from the award amount.

Focus Areas for Award Cycles

Proposals are typically sought that address are few specific areas through innovative practices that improve student learning. Recent foci have included:

  • Increasing course completion and student progress by reducing high C-DFW rates (grades of C-minus, D, F, or Withdraw) and/or closing equity gaps.
  • Redesigning large lecture courses (100+ students) for active student engagement in a flipped or hybrid course design.

Download the RFP

Download our request for proposals when available to obtain detailed guidance on how to prepare your proposal.

More information will be available, as needed and/or requested.

What You Need to Apply

Briefly, you will provide the following information and documents using our application form below to apply for a Smith grant.

  • Applicant Information
  • Project Proposal
  • Chair’s Endorsement
  • Curriculum Vitae

Don’t Forget the Chair’s Endorsement

You will be asked to upload a chair’s signed endorsement of the project. This document attests that the fund recipient(s) will have continued employment at WSU in the applicable academic year.

Please note: Proposals without the chair’s endorsement will not be accepted.


Smith Grants Application Form

The application period for submitting proposals for the 2021 round of Smith Grants is now closed. The applications that were submitted are now being reviewed. Awards will be announced in mid to late April 2021.